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Ambiguity of State Anti Internet Gambling Laws

Ambiguity of State Anti Internet Gambling Laws

In view of the determined dangers of online gambling, there have been efforts made by numerous states against gambling on the Internet. The acknowledged dangers from Internet gambling are well defined and clear. Internet gambling can become a front used for fraudulent activities. The broad scopes of fraud that can take place on the Internet are numerous.

Internet gambling can pose a bad influence among children who can easily get access of online gambling sites at their home in the convenience of the family computer. Internet gambling can undeniably harbor illicit behaviors to take place which the government may find difficult tracking down due to the broader, intangible and immeasurable cyberspace environment. A common societal issue is the emergence of behavioral gambling addiction that can be aggravated by the unlimited availability of Internet gambling.

With all these premises, many states cooperated for the prohibition of online gambling. However, most laws applied to such prohibitions are mainly dependent on the local legislative policies within a state jurisdiction. Even though many states are decisive with their stand for being anti Internet gambling, there are also some states that stood their ground of legalizing Internet gambling operations within their jurisdiction.

The federal government has the least role of regulating gambling on the Internet. Most laws applicable on prohibiting Internet gambling basically revolves within the scope of the local legislative laws. The Internet transcends state boundaries therefore Internet gambling is quite difficult to regulate by local legislative law thereby making the state regulation policies ineffective in prohibiting gambling online.

The growth of offshore Internet gambling facilities makes the enactment of local prohibitions more difficult and its regulation more ineffective. The state has no control over the illegal participations of their citizens to online gambling particularly with offshore gambling facilities. The global coverage of the Internet makes it difficult to track down the gambling activities taking place which leads to the decision of some states to legalize gambling within their jurisdiction in order to impose certain regulations applicable to online gambling operators.

Some states continue to challenge the Internet gambling industry by proposing some amendments to the existing anti gambling laws in their locality and to strengthen the regulation of their policy against the prohibition of Internet gambling. The state of Nevada was the first to impose a law that strictly prohibits its residence from participating in online betting notwithstanding the transcending effect of Internet beyond its point of control.

The ambiguity of the state anti Internet gambling law continue to baffle gamblers because of the continued existence of online gambling facilities despite of the state legislations against it. It has no control over US residents from participating in online gambling who by the way consist half of the total gambler population on the Internet. No one has been reported to have been prosecuted for gambling online and most Americans continue to gamble their chance of being caught with their continued participation with online gambling where such activity is strictly prohibited within their state of residency.